Initial reports indicate that the boat, which capsized 150 meters from Mutima Country Haven, had more than 100 people on board. But by the close of rescue operations, only 60 people could be accounted for. These include 33 bodies that were retrieved from the water and 27 people that had been rescued alive.
Another report by the UPDF indicates that by 11:00 a.m, more bodies had beed recovered and the death toll stood at 30. The team of divers has increased to include those from Police, UPDF Marine and Airforce. So far the number of the dead retrieved is 30 in total. Those alive remain 26. The operation continues, UPDF Spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire said.
Siraje Kasujja, one of the victims told journalists at Entebbe Grade B hospital that the boat they were traveling in developed mechanical problems on the way but the coxswain persisted on reaching their final destination.
A joint operation by the Police in Kabale and residents around lake Bunyonyi have launched a search for the body of 25 -year- old Turyomurugyendo Aggrey. He drowned on his way from a health centre at Bwama Island. He had taken his wife for ante-natal checkup at the health center.